Italian mafia expert, Roberto Saviano has called UK the most corrupt country in the world and described London’s banking institutions as the major factors of “criminal capitalism” which engaged in money-laundering through offshore networks.
This comes after British Prime Minister David Cameron was recorded saying, ‘We’ve got the leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain’ earlier in May – referencing Nigeria and Afghanistan.
36 year-old Saviano is renowned as an anti-mafia journalist, whose opinion is well respected in mafia matters.
For over ten years, Roberto Saviano has been living under armed police guard after publishing a book titled, Gomorrah, where he revealed the operations of the Mafia in Naples and the international cocaine trade in an expose titled, ZeroZeroZero at the age of 26.
Roberto Saviano said during the Hay Literary Festival, Thursday, (May, 26):
If I asked you what is the most corrupt place on Earth you might tell me well it’s Afghanistan, maybe Greece, Nigeria, the South of Italy and I will tell you it’s the UK.
It’s not the bureaucracy, it’s not the police, it’s not the politics but what is corrupt is the financial capital. 90 per cent of the owners of capital in London have their headquarters offshore.
Jersey and the Cayman’s are the access gates to criminal capital in Europe and the UK is the country that allows it.
That is why it is important why it is so crucial for me to be here today and to talk to you because I want to tell you , this is about you, this is about your life, this is about your government.
In the latest Corruption perceptions Index by Transparency International, the United Kingdom ranked number ten most corrupt country in the world in spite of playing host to the Anti-Corruption Summit in May.
With the publication of the Panama Papers revealed this year, Cameron was forced to pledge a global crackdown on corruption last month after UK’s offshore tax havens were thrust into the spotlight.
According to Metro, the PM faced calls to reform offshore tax havens operating on its own Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories – like Jersey and the Cayman islands.
In an interview with the Guardian, Roberto Saviano said, “My life is unique. I am followed by two bulletproofed cars and by more than five officers and that brings about a feeling of guilt sometimes because you exposed yourself too much, you were not cautious enough.
I live under police protection and have done so for 10 years. What got me into trouble wasn’t so much that I wrote a book, but the way I wrote it. I named names and I stated facts. I took you to the crime scene. Never take for granted the freedom of expression.”
Source, MetroUK, Guardian, Independent